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Effectively Using Air Pruning Systems in Propagation & Nursery Production

September 14 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm

Dr. Darby McGrath – Vineland Research & Innovation Centre

With quality being at the heart of all nursery operations and new growing technologies to achieve those high standards top of mind, AmericanHort is always looking for best practices that help increase product performance and customer satisfaction.

During this program, we will dive into the practical applications of completed research investigating Air-Pruning with Dr. Darby McGrath from Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, one of Canada’s leading research centers.

Air-pruning propagation trays and containers can help to develop high-quality tree root systems that are larger, more fibrous, and form a stronger overall root architecture. With the variety of products available – that include features ranging from simple drainage holes, holes or slits in walls, and fully wall-less and bottomless containers – how do you know which product or application method to choose? Dr. McGrath will highlight the different systems on the market and help growers choose which is right for their operation and how to effectively use them.

Presented by Dr. Darby McGrath – Vineland Research & Innovation Centre

Topics will include:

  • Moisture management in air pruning systems
  • What to look for when choosing a substrate
  • Discussion on the different features of container types on the market


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